Tagged: climate change

Expect the new normal for NZ’s temperature to get warmer - The Changing Climate

Guest Author Jan 21, 2021

James Renwick, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington It might be summer in New Zealand but we’re in for some wild weather this week with forecasts of heavy wind and rain, and a plunge in temperatures. Long term, though, New Zealand is definitely warming up, along with the rest of the globe. The National Institute of Water … Read More

Net-zero, carbon-neutral, carbon-negative .. confused by all the carbon jargon? Then read this - The Changing Climate

Guest Author Jan 13, 2021

Jessica Allen, University of Newcastle Countries around the world are taking steps to tackle climate change and become net-zero emitters of carbon dioxide (CO₂) by 2050. Most recently, Joe Biden’s presidential election win means the US is the latest nation to adopt the goal. So what does net-zero mean? Completely eliminating all greenhouse gas emissions? Not necessarily. The … Read More

Scientists shine in New Year’s Honours - Lately, In Science

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Dec 31, 2020

In a fitting bookend to a year of science, over a dozen scientists and health experts have been distinguished in the New Year’s Honours. Every year at New Year and Queen’s Birthday I scan the list of honours looking for familiar names from the research field, and I can’t think of a time so many scientists and other researchers were … Read More

Report shows New Zealand’s ‘fragmented’ environmental research funding doesn’t match most urgent needs - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 10, 2020

Troy Baisden, University of Waikato There’s a serious mismatch between what New Zealand’s government identified as the most pressing environmental issues, including climate change and freshwater quality, and the investments in environmental research it actually makes. A report released today by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) shows New Zealand spends about NZ$500m on environmental … Read More

An ocean like no other: the Southern Ocean’s ecological richness and significance for global climate - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 08, 2020

Ceridwen Fraser, University of Otago; Christina Hulbe, University of Otago; Craig Stevens, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, and Huw Griffiths, British Antarctic Survey In 2018, a map named after an oceanographer went viral. The so-called Spilhaus projection, in which Earth is viewed from above the South Pole, was designed to show the connected nature of the ocean … Read More

By declaring a climate emergency Jacinda Ardern needs to inspire hope, not fear - Unsorted

Guest Author Dec 01, 2020

David Hall, Auckland University of Technology; Raven Cretney, University of Waikato, and Sylvia Nissen There is no question that we must act, and act fast, on climate change. This week’s climate emergency declaration by the New Zealand government acknowledges the urgency of the climate crisis and the need to collectively confront it. But a declaration is not the same … Read More

Why do humans instinctively reject evidence contrary to their beliefs? - Climate: Explained

Guest Author Nov 11, 2020

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Why do humans instinctively reject evidence contrary to their beliefs? Do we understand why and how people … Read More

New Zealand weighs up a nation-sized battery - Planetary Ecology

Guest Author Oct 21, 2020

Ian Mason and Robert McLachlan Climate change was a small but perceptible part of the recent election. On climate change, Labour pointed proudly to their record of legislating for net zero emissions by 2050 (nicknamed the ‘Zero Carbon Act’), establishing a Climate Change Commission to set carbon budgets and advise the government, and for strengthening the Emissions Trading Scheme by … Read More

Does a delay in COP26 climate talks hit our efforts to reduce carbon emissions? - Climate: Explained

Guest Author Oct 14, 2020

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Will the delay of the COP26 UN climate negotiations impact international action to decarbonise? Would catch-up … Read More

Does building and expanding motorways really reduce congestion and emissions? - Unsorted

Guest Author Oct 07, 2020

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Q: Does building and expanding motorways really reduce congestion and emissions, or does it increase it? Simon Kingham, … Read More